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February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Begins Building 2015 Edge With New Workers

Photo of 2015 Edge production courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun production of its 2015 Edge mid-size SUV and will hire 400 additional workers at the plant near Toronto where it will be built.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford, Ford Edge, 2015-MY, Mid-Size SUVs

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Trains 8,000 on Aluminum F-150 Production

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford is putting 8,000 of its workers through an intensive training program to ensure everyone knows how to work with the new materials, such as aluminum panels,in the 2015 F-150 full-size pickup at its Kansas City Assembly Plant.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Ford, Vehicle Manufacturing, Assembly Plant

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-250/F-350 Truck Steering Gears

Photo by Bull-Doser via Wikimedia Commons.

The service replacement steering gears, at risk for breaking, might be installed on 2008-2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel vehicles in North America.

Tags: Diesel Engines, 2009-MY, 2010-MY, Recalls, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, 2008-MY, Ford

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Ford F-150 with Plow Prep Option Arrives

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is providing additional details about the snow plow prep option that's now available with the 2015 F-150 pickup.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Snow Plow, 2015-MY

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Launches Fleet Driver Data Initiative with Hewlett-Packard

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun a driver-behavior study in partnership with Hewlett-Packard to gather data and better understand fleet driving habits as part of a global mobility initiative.

Tags: Hewlett-Packard, Ford, Big Data

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Hires VP of Global Strategy

Photo of John Casesa, courtesy of Ford.

John Casesa joins the Ford Motor Company after roles with Guggenheim Partners, Merrill Lynch, and General Motors.

Tags: Ford, Automotive Executives, New Hire

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Ford Mustang Draws 5-Star Safety Score

In NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program, the vehicle scores five stars each in the frontal crash test, side crash test and rollover crash test.

Tags: Crash Tests, Ford Mustang, Ford, New Car Assessment Program, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Sports Cars

February 9, 2015 - Industry News

Video: Ford Debuts Stability Control on 2015 Focus

Enhanced transitional stability technology, available on the 2015 model-year Focus, can help deliver better handling in highly dynamic driving maneuvers.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Ford Focus, Electronic Stability Control, Collision Avoidance Technology, Ford, 2015-MY

February 6, 2015 - Global News

Ford Brings LPG Transit Connect Taxi to Hong Kong

Photo of Transit Connect Taxi for Hong Kong courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun taking orders for its Transit Connect taxi, which has been purpose-built for Hong Kong, where taxis are a primary means of transportation for seven million residents and more than 54 million annual visitors.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Ford, Hong Kong, Taxi Fleets, Compact Vans

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Automakers Team for Takata Air Bag Probe


Led by Toyota, the industry coalition is reportedly in negotiations to hire former NHTSA head David Kelly to oversee an investigation into the air bag defects.

Tags: NHTSA, Air Bags, Takata, Honda, Toyota, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Nissan, Recalls

February 4, 2015 - Industry News

Fords Adds 1,550 Jobs to Support F-150 Production

Photo of F-150 production courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding 1,550 jobs to four production facilities to meet the growing demand for the 2015 F-150 pickup, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Assembly Plant, Ford, Vehicle Production

February 3, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Records Best Van Sales Month in 14 Years

Photo of Ford Transit by Vince Taroc.

Ford sold more vans in January than any other January since 2001 on the strength of its new 2015 Transit full-size van and redesigned Transit Connect compact van, Ford announced.

Tags: Ford, Retail Sales, Ford Transit, Ford Transit Connect, Full-Size Vans

February 2, 2015 - Industry News

Gold Miner Adds First 2015 F-150 Fleet Trucks

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Barrick Gold Corp. has begun acquiring Ford's aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup trucks for its Nevada gold mining operation. Barrick has placed an initial order for 35 leased pickups and plans to eventually add several hundred to its work truck fleet.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Mining, Ford, Barrick Gold

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Taurus, Lincoln MKS for Door Handles

Photo of Ford Taurus courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The action affects approximately 205,000 vehicles in the 2010-2013 model years.

Tags: Ford Taurus, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, 2010-MY, 2011-MY, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, Mid-Size Sedans, Luxury Sedans

January 28, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Compact Vans

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Opens Silicon Valley Research Center

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. has opened a research center in Silicon Valley to accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Ford, Automated Driving

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Expedition Draws 5-Star NHTSA Score

Photo courtesy of Ford.

To qualify for the highest possible overall rating, the vehicle received five-star ratings in the frontal crash and side crash tests.

Tags: Crash Tests, Ford, 2015-MY, Large SUVs, NHTSA, Ford Expedition

January 21, 2015 - Industry News

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Tags: Ford F-150, Full-Size Pickups, Ford, 2015-MY, Fuel Economy, TCO, Lifecycle Costs

January 14, 2015 - Industry News

ROUSH to Offer Propane Autogas Ford Medium-Duty Models

Photo: Ford

ROUSH CleanTech will begin offering propane autogas versions of Ford medium-duty vehicles equipped with the 6.8-liter V-8, following certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Tags: Ford F-450, ROUSH CleanTech, Ford, Ford F-650, CARB, Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford E-450

January 12, 2015 - Industry News

Ford's GT Supercar Lightens Weight with Carbon Fiber

Photo of Ford GT courtesy of Ford.

Ford has reintroduced its GT supercar with an innovative light-weighting strategy that uses carbon fiber and an ultra-efficient EcoBoost engine.

Tags: Supercar, Ford, Carbon Fiber, Lightweighting, Aluminum

January 9, 2015 - Industry News

Compact Van Segment Grows 28 Percent

Photo of 2015 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Ford's Transit Connect paced a 28 percent increase in sales of compact vans in 2014 in a segment that saw the introduction of one new model with a second model debuting in early 2015.

Tags: Ford Transit Connect, Compact Vans, Trends, Ford, Nissan NV200

January 7, 2015 - Industry News

Former Ford Fleet Director Retires


Ford has elevated Mark LaNeve to the role of vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and service to replace John Felice, a former Ford fleet executive who retires after 30 years with the company.

Tags: Retirement, Ford, Automotive Executives, Promotions

January 6, 2015 - Global News

Brazil Auto Sales Dip in 2014

Vehicle sales in Brazil dropped last year despite hefty government incentives, as a weak economy weighed on consumer confidence.

Tags: Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors, Brazil, Market Conditions

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Adds Mobile Apps to Refreshed SYNC

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Ford is unveiling a slew of mobile apps available for its SYNC AppLink that range from minute-by-minute weather updates to safety features to discourage drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

Tags: Ford SYNC, Ford, Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile Apps

January 5, 2015 - Industry News

GM Tops Total Fleet Deliveries for 2014

General Motors shipped its new mid-size pickups in late 2014. Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors sold the most fleet vehicles in 2014 on the strength of its daily rental fleet sales, while Ford delivered the most vehicles to commercial and government fleets amid a rising tide of vehicle sales to close out the year.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Ford, General Motors, FCA US

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